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Old January 8th, 2009, 07:03 PM   #1
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Cambridge: Galt (Downtown), Preston

Cambridge is a city in the Regional Municipality of Waterloo. The population is around 125,000. Cambridge was formed in 1973 with the amalgamation of the city of Galt, the towns of Preston and Hespeler, and parts of Waterloo Township and North Dumfries Township. Cambridge was originally going to be named "Galt" after amalgamation, but Preston and Hespeler objected to the name, and supported "Cambridge", after the old Cambridge Mill settlement.


Galt was settled in 1816 on land that William Dickson purchased from the Six Nations Indians. The town was originally named "Shade's Mills", but was renamed "Galt" in 1827 when John Galt, the Canada Company Commissioner, visited the settlement. Galt was an important industrial center beginning in the 1830s, and was the principle town in the area until Kitchener surpassed Galt in the early 1900s. Recently, the commercial area of Galt has been rebranded as "Downtown Cambridge".


Buildings on Main Street.



Businesses on Main Street.



Buildings on Main Street.



The Post Office, at Water & Dickson Streets.



Buildings at Main & Water Streets.



Central Presbyterian Church, on Main Street. The church was built in 1880.



An old house on Queen's Square.



Stone buildings on Main Street.



Buildings along the Grand River.



Looking southeast at buildings along the Grand River. The old post office is in the background.



Looking north up the Grand River.



Stone buildings on Main Street.



The Scott Building, on Water Street. The structure was built in 1890.



The Galt Public Library, on Water Street. The library was built in 1903.



An old house on Water Street, along the Grand River. The house was built in 1849.



The Fraser Block, on Dickson Street.



The old Galt Town Hall, on Dickson Street. The town hall was built in 1857.



The Cambridge City Hall, on Dickson Street.



Houses on Shade Street.



A duplex on Shade Street.



A stone house on Wellington Street.



A house on Wellington Street.




Preston was settled in 1805 by Pennsylvanian John Erb, who built a sawmill and named the surrounding settlement "Cambridge Mills". When the town was surveyed by William Scollick in 1834, it was renamed "Preston" by Scollick after his hometown of Preston, England.


Rivers Edge II, on Eagle Street facing the Speed River.



An old Imperial Bank building on King Street.



Businesses on King Street.



Buildings on King Street.



The Preston Cenotaph, on King Street at Argyle Street. The cenotaph was built in 1926 and memorializes the town's war dead.



Businesses on King Street.



A bank building on King Street at Church Street.



Buildings on King Street.



Grist Mill Centre, on King Street.



The Grist Mill Centre is housed in an old grist mill, dating back to 1807.



Businesses on King Street.



A house on Westminster Drive at Queenston Road.



A house on Hamilton Street.



A house on Hamilton Street at Argyle Street.



St. John's Anglican Church, on Queenston Road at Argyle Street.



Houses on Queenston Road.



A house on Lowther Street.

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Old January 9th, 2009, 05:22 AM   #2
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Good to see you made it to Galt, it has a beautiful but underutilized downtown.
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Old January 9th, 2009, 07:38 AM   #3
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Looks pretty. Do you have a map or even a sketch of where exactly the town that make up Cambridge are located inrelation to one another or Kitchener.
Also, is there one downtown of the 3 cities that seems to dominate? Thanks.
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Old January 9th, 2009, 09:05 AM   #4
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I lived in Cambridge (specifically Galt) for four months this past summer during a co-op term and found it to be a weird city. Galt has a lot of potential but people really don't want to set-up shop there. Empty buildings and vacant storefronts are the norm. One nice thing is that it's free of most "mainstream" stores and is dominated by mom and pop set-ups. There was a huge article in the newspaper how a "Mr.Sub" franchise opened up and it might open the floodgate to more typical retailers opening up shop (there's also a Shopper's Drug Mart, though it's on the edge of the retail section). Mind you, that was about 8 months before I moved there and there was never really huge gush like they had predicted. One thing that everyone I talk to wanted was a Tim Hortons, and after seeing how early all the independent coffee places closed, I couldn't blame them.

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Also, is there one downtown of the 3 cities that seems to dominate? Thanks.
Galt would be the dominate of the three downtowns. It covers a greater area, has city hall, and has the "major" bus terminal (though that is likely more to it's southern placement in Waterloo Region as it's the regional bus system). It's also more "alive" compared to the other ones. It had all the major railways pass through it historically (thought they're all pretty still active now). One thing Galt lacks is a community centre, and library. I know Preston has a library in the core, and I think Hespeler's in nearby, but the Galt library is a good 20/30 minute walk away if I recall correctly. Preston is the second downtown and it's fairly large, but doesn't really have any sort of "landmark" building (there are a couple of converted mills that do stand out). Hespeler from my time there really isn't much.
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Old January 10th, 2009, 03:37 PM   #5
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Cambridge is an interesting place, actually made up of three old towns. Glad you got some excellent pictures of Cambridge, Matt!
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Old January 10th, 2009, 07:29 PM   #6
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I've been looking forward to pictures from Galt!! Thanks so much for posting these!
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Old June 14th, 2015, 06:19 PM   #7
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New to the area and would like to get to see what's around here.
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we're Hespeler and we ventured into Galt what a pleasant surprise!
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So what is considered the downtown in Cambridge, I thought was Hespeler rd.
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I would like to see the pictures posted, how is this work
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So what is considered the downtown in Cambridge, I thought was Hespeler rd.
It depends who you ask. Many say that Cambridge has three downtowns, one in each of Hespeler, Galt and Preston. Hespeler Rd would be none of these though. Essentially just a commercial/parking lot wasteland.
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Carlos, welcome to our group! You must set up an account (a free one, if you like) with an uploader like Photobucket. You upload your photos and copy and past the forums code here!!!
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Cambridge is a city in the Regional Municipality of Waterloo. The population is around 125,000. Cambridge was formed in 1973 with the amalgamation of the city of Galt, the towns of Preston and Hespeler, and parts of Waterloo Township and North Dumfries Township. Cambridge was originally going to be named "Galt" after amalgamation, but Preston and Hespeler objected to the name, and supported "Cambridge", after the old Cambridge Mill settlement.
Why would the former Galt feel the need to change it's name just because its would-be annexed suburbs complained? Cities used to annex suburbs all the time and didn't change their name.
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